Government publishes response on future of reservists

Government publishes response on future of reservists

Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, has published a white paper in response to a consultation on the future of the UK's Reserve Forces. Section 4 of the paper deals with those aspects of the proposals which relate to the employment relationship. The government has pledged that it will "make employing reservists easier, more attractive and provide appropriate recognition of the contribution those employers make". In particular, the following measures will be adopted:
  • The financial assistance that is currently offered to employers (summarised at page 45 of the white paper), in respect of employees who have been mobilised, will be revised to ensure that the levels offered are adequate and appropriate.
  • Legislation will be passed to enable the government to provide financial awards to micro, small and medium-sized businesses when their reservists are mobilised. A flat rate of £500 per reservist per month will apply.
  • A scheme will be introduced that will recognise supportive employers.
  • The government will legislate to make it unfair to dismiss an employee for reasons relating to their reserve service. No qualifying period will be required for such a claim.
  • The government will gather evidence on whether reservists are disadvantaged when seeking employment and, if necessary, legislation to provide additional protection for applicants.
It is not clear from the white paper when these proposals will be implemented.


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